Our First Home-Hosted Shabbat

The other weekend, I left home for a Modern Orthodox home. I don’t like overstating things, but this experience was unforgettable and life changing – and that is not an overstatement in any way. I was very excited to experience and learn about Orthodox Judaism. Despite my efforts not to, I had many preconceived notions…

Shabbat with Shep

A great deal of our Jewish education comes through living in one of the most prosperous and vibrant Jewish communities on earth, experiencing services, cultural attractions, and knowledge from all different angles of Judaism. We at Tzedek America get all that and more, as most Tuesdays, all-star Jewish educators and voices find their way to…

Fun Times With Tzedek America

The last couple of weeks we have done many fun actives as a group, but one that I enjoyed particularly was when we went snow tubing. When we arrived, we were greeted with a beautiful design of lights and fake snow. We all waited in line, and though I didn’t want to go down the…

An Evening with AJWS

Last Thursday,  AJWS, American Jewish World Service,  invited every Tzedek American to hear an impressive panel of documentary filmmakers along with other adults in their 20s and 30s. We walked into the beautiful WME entertainment building in  Beverly Hills. We all mingled and felt much older than eighteen and nineteen years old. Every person I…

Visit to Union Rescue Mission

There’s a pretty credible thesis that says we have more in common with people who grow up as affluent as we we do with people who grow up near us. In other words, I have more in common with someone economically identical to me halfway across the world than I do with people from different…

Volunteering with NewGround

The other night three of us went to volunteer for an exciting storytelling event at the Pico Union Project put on by NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish partnership. I was very excited to have the opportunity to volunteer for such a special organization. We arrived well before the event started to help set up. Leaflets were folded…